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Fox Poll: 55 Percent Say Obama Has Made US Weaker

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Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 08:57 PM

By Cathy Burke

Voters think America is weaker under President Barack Obama and are dubious about his leadership and management of foreign policy, the economy and health care, a Fox News poll released Wednesday shows.

In the wide-ranging poll, 55 percent said they thought the Obama administration has made America weaker, while 35 percent think America is stronger.

The pessimism has worsened since 2010, when 45 percent thought Obama made America weaker, and 37 percent thought he made the nation stronger, Fox News pointed out.

The administration also got a stinging appraisal of how it stacks up against its predecessors. Sixty-eight percent think the current administration is less competent than that of former President Clinton; 48 percent think it doesn’t measure up to that of George W. Bush.

Voters also gave low marks to Obama’s leadership skills; 39 percent rate them excellent or good, but 61 percent says they’re fair or poor, reflecting unchanged numbers from last November and down just slightly, from 45-55 percent, in May 2013, Fox News noted.

Obama's overall job performance is under water too: 40 percent approve of the job Obama’s doing, but 54 percent disapprove.

The news wasn’t much better for the commander in chief on other issues of national concern.

Voters disapprove of his handling of foreign policy by 56-34 percent, and the split is 58-39 both on his management of health care and the economy, the poll showed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

On the controversial White House swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, poll results were mixed. Eighty-four percent of voters say they’re concerned making deals with terrorists will only encourage more hostage-taking. But voters split on the deal itself: 45 percent approve of the exchange of Taliban leaders for the soldier, while 47 percent disapprove.

The survey also asked voters if they thought the government gives better health care to enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay than to U.S. veterans, and found that, by a 50-31 percent margin, Americans think the captured terrorists get better care.

By a 59-29 percent margin, voters disapprove of how the Obama administration is dealing with problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 30 percent saying U.S. vets get "only fair" care, 39 percent rating care as "poor," 4 percent calling the care "excellent" and 19 percent saying it’s "good."

Among veterans, 58 percent think prisoners at Gitmo get better care than American vets,  29 percent say U.S. vets’ care is "only fair" and 38 percent says it’s "poor."

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